|Feb, 13 2012 By Mary Daly
Eldriedge Elementary is the "country school" in the Gervais School District. Although a Salem address, it is rural, hidden in between nurseries and growers with a playground that opens up to a large field. We found it to be a little gem; a small school with a very caring and friendly staff, polite students and set in a peaceful environment. All week we had flocks of geese flying overhead in between crazy weather patterns.
Congratulations to our assistant Catherine Johnson who now has her expanded functions assisting certificate! And thank you to the offices that helped her to complete her check-offs: Dr. Mark Jensen, Dr. Joy Arend and Dr. Terrylynn Tennant. Catherine was the star this week, not only as the new EFDA but receiving heartfelt, hand-made thank you notes from the classrooms where she delivered oral hygiene presentations.
We know we're meeting our goals of giving kids a positive experience when I go to a classroom to pick up a student and a fellow classmate pipes up: "How come I never get to go?"
All returning volunteers this week!
Mette Singer dental assistant; and from Salem, Dr. Joni Young and assistant Julie Yatik.
Sylvia Garcia, Gervais School District. Sylvia thanked us for all we are doing and how impactful our work has been for the district. Sylvia and Maricruz Camacho, Home School, Migrant Coordinator have been key in making the Tooth Taxi visits successful.
School teachers, I think all of them! It was great to have such interest and support from the teachers.
From the kid gallery:
"I've never been to the dentist that has a TV."
"Anytime my mom watches the news I take a nap until the news is over and I can watch my kid shows!"
When asked what foods are bad for your teeth, student responded, "Chili because it's spicy."
Realities from the road:
1st grader with an abscess on the root of his tooth.
Puppy love from Scout, mascot for the week.
55% of students screened needed treatment
45% needed no treatment.
Eldriedge Elementary School, February 13-17, 2012
•44 students screened
•107 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•39 students treated in the van
•$21,438 value of free dental services provided. Summary
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – February 17, 2012
•11,014 students screened
•10,050 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,640 students treated in the van
•$2,870,823 value of free dental services provided.